reply to post by Rossa
Glad to see you have a hit and run bag (new term BOB, sounds cooler) My wife has one in her car all the time (four kids and dad on trips). Here are a
few things to look at.
Get rid of everything made of cotton; cotton kills. Replace it with wool. Maintains around 70% of heat retention (depending on the type) when wet.
Dont spend a lot of money, just go to good will. A wool sweater doesn't have to look good to work. This includes Socks...wool
Add a 2mil drop cloth from Walmart (around $3.00) this is your shelter material. Cheap and effective.
If you cant procure parachute shroud line, get drapery rod line (very tough stuff) or some other suitable cordage with good tensile and impact
strength, clothes lines another. About 100 feet will do fine.
Use the matches/lighter as a last resort. both are effected by the environment and the conditions. Get a BlastMatch and learn how to use it. Add
Cotton balls and Vaseline for tinder (mixed) Works just as well as the most Vaunted commercial tinder.
Dump the Blanket and replace it with a high quality Sleeping bag. Zero degree, down if possible or better (-20)
If you can't afford this get two Issue wool blankets and sew them together. Having slept many a night is training in a single wool blanket the best I
can say is it's a suck fest; twos not so bad. If your Red Cross blanket is not wool leave it at home.
Get a wool "watch" cap (stocking). Remember Poly only works when bone dry.
Bust your MRE packages down to their components and take only the necessities (reduces size and weight)
Add a caffine source; sometimes sleep is not an option.
Make sure you have multiple light sources including chem lights. Having to set up a Shelter at night can be a pain (or building a fire)
As far as Weapons are concerned, at a minimum have a good fixed blade knife (doesn't have to be sexy just a good 5-7 inch field knife in stainless
will work and easy to maintain). Firearms are a personal choice. My wife carries a Glock 27, But in a bug out situation I would sooner her have a
small rifle. I'm putting a AR-7 survival rifle in her bag with 250 rounds of CCI stinger. Should get her home of at least food on the fire and it
Again, Glad to see you are so forward thinking and not living with your head in the sand. Hope this helps.